Supply chain sustainability refers to effectively managing the social, economic, and environmental factors within an organisation’s supply chain. A very important aspect of this sustainability initiative is recognising and acknowledging the link between a manufacturing company and the broader ecosystem they may be impacting – and then coming up with responsible business practices to make all aspects of the supply chain sustainable.
How to continuously improve your H&S practices in manufacturing and logistics
Organisations working in high-risk industries like manufacturing, warehousing, supply chain, and logistics, are well aware of the risks and potential hazards their workers face each day.
Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, many businesses do not have the appropriate health and safety controls to minimise risk and hazards at the workplace.
With that said, improving your health and safety practices in manufacturing & logistics involves a proactive approach, and using the right systems to improve the health, safety, and wellbeing of your workers.
Streamline auditing and inspection processes
Audits and inspections are, naturally, a staple of continuous health and safety improvement. It’s essential, therefore, to be able to quickly access reports that allow you to identify potential risks, hazards, and vulnerabilities before they manifest. These reports can also enable well-informed decision-making, ensuring that your workers are never facing any health and safety risks.
When you digitise auditing and inspections through a software, platform or system, you can accelerate the data collection process, enabling swift action which may mean the difference between improved productivity and morale or sinking motivation levels and potential health/safety hazards.
Define your health and safety goals
In order to continuously improve your health and safety standards, you must foster a culture of quality and safety – defining what “health” and “safety” means to you as a business.
This means establishing clear, measurable, and achievable goals, and then making sure everyone is aligned with them.
Engage everyone through a real-time feedback loop
Communication is downright critical to improving health and safety standards in warehousing, manufacturing, and logistics. When different levels of the organisation are collaborating and communicating on a single platform, intuitive analysis can be shared with everyone in real-time and insights can be acquired to make highly informed decisions.
The system should also allow frontline employees to quickly report issues, with managers being able to access that information just as quickly, in order to execute their workflows with the utmost speed and efficiency.
Implement quality and safety systems, fast
One of the best steps you can take as a manufacturing and warehousing manager, is to implement strict quality and safety systems which support your goals, and enable the entire team to perform their respective tasks more efficiently.
These quality and safety systems should include everything from processes, procedures, and policies to the controls, techniques, and tools needed to plan, monitor, measure, and continuously improve your health and safety standards.
Get everyone involved – collaborate more
Establishing and maintaining good relationships with your suppliers, partners, customers, regulators, and stakeholders is crucial to maintaining good H&S standards while integrating their input and suggestions into your health and safety goals is just as important.
In doing so, you can improve operational efficiency, enhance customer satisfaction, reduce health and safety risks, and cut costs.
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As we eagerly look to a bright and productive year ahead, the UK’s logistics sector is at a bit of crossroads, so to speak, poised for disruption amid a backdrop of regulatory shifts, technological evolution, and global economic dynamics.
In a recent report released by The Manufacturers’ Organisation, half of the companies surveyed are upping their investment in automation technologies, especially AI and ML, with almost ¾ of companies now spending more openly on automation across multiple technologies and functions – from product design and development to manufacturing and warehousing operations.
According to an HSE report, around 54,000 workers are involved in non-fatal accidents in the manufacturing sector each year. Most of the injuries they suffer are a direct result of manual handling accidents, trips, slips, and falls, contact with moving machinery, and being struck by moving objects.
It is estimated that the logistics industry will grow at a CAGR of 10-12%, reaching a value of $380 million by 2025. A large driver of this growth will be technology and automation – from robotics and the Internet of Things (IoT) to artificial intelligence (AI), better integration of the various ecosystems involved, digitisation of processes, and more.
Supply chain inspections often prove to be a challenge, even for leading, well-established companies. However, standardisation has now become one of the chief methods of optimising the greater supply chain and ensuring that all managers, departments, and teams are on the same page.
According to a 2019 report published by the Journal of International Logistics and Trade, political unrest are among the leading causes of supply chain disruptions. A SAP survey reported that 58% of US business leaders believe supply chain problems primarily stem due to global political unrest.
Even though a myriad of digital processes have been introduced across many industries in the UK economy, a recent report indicates that at least 96% of UK manufacturers believe there is an underinvestment in technology and digitisation in their sector.
Did you know that manufacturers are still using paper in more than a third (35%) of their processes on average? What’s more, manual spreadsheets are still used for nearly half (49%) of all manufacturing-related processes.
If you think about, warehouses and everyone working within those walls, are the unsung heroes of supply chain and distribution. Without quality warehouses equipped with the latest technology, we would not be enjoying the super-fast at-home deliveries or products being available on shelves almost on a 24/7 basis.